Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing
Our support team here at Stardock fields a lot of questions, but most commonly they receive communication from customers who aren't sure how to use and access their accounts. This quick guide will show you how to navigate our support site and make changes to your account without having to contact anyone!
Navigating the support site
First, let's take a look at where you can access your account info, product downloads, password reset, and much more. Check out our support site here: https://www.stardock.com/support/
Updating email address and account info
Sometimes, email addresses aren't used forever. We get a lot of messages asking us how to change email addresses or update account information. It's really easy if you've created a Stardock account! You can change or update your email address, community avatar, and name through our support site. If you don’t have a Stardock account, you can easily create one here.
Here's where you can edit your account details: https://www.stardock.com/accounts/accountinfo
Resetting your password
When you have a million passwords to remember (because every website has different password creation conditions, am I right?), it's pretty common for people to forget which one they're using for their Stardock account. Resetting your password is really easy, all you'll need is the email associated with your account! Then, you'll get a return email with instructions on what to do from there.
You can reset your password on this page: https://www.stardock.com/accounts/resetpassword
Accessing your downloads and product keys
Your Stardock account is your friend. Well, not really, but it's definitely the key to keeping track of any software or games you've purchased from Stardock's store. If you need to access a product key for any reason, you can have it emailed to you by entering your account email here.
For more details on your downloads, look here: Stardock Store: Downloading Your Purchases
Managing mailing list preferences
You can sign up for different mailing lists and manage your preferences here. To stay up to date on what's going on here at Stardock, subscribe to our Stardock Magazine. To be sure you don't miss a great sale on software or games, join our special offer mailing lists.
Managing and accessing your Stardock account is super easy! However, if you still have an issue or question about your account, you can always feel free to contact our support team and they will be happy to provide additional help.
You can contact our support team here: https://www.stardock.com/support/
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing
If you read any of our software blogs or keep up with our news, you probably see a lot of discussion about Object Desktop. So, what is Object Desktop? I'm going to detail what's in the suite, plus some of the benefits of a membership.
For starters, Object Desktop is a suite of over a dozen of our most popular Windows desktop applications that customize your PC. Its yearly membership includes apps that organize your desktop with Fences, create a customized Start experience with Start10, control multiple PCs with a seamless connection using Multiplicity, and much more.
The suite was created to answer the requests of our loyal community. They wanted a central spot where their favorite Stardock apps could live and be managed on their PCs, plus enjoy a bit of a discount as well!
Why Become a Member?
- Get over a dozen customization, enhancement, and productivity apps for Windows
- Free access to updates
- Access to newly added apps at no additional cost
- A chance to test out software betas before they're released publicly
- Customize the Windows user interface with visual styles to window frames, fences for organizing your icons, animated wallpapers, and more
- Enhance your desktop by shading windows to make them stand out or returning your Start menu back to what's familiar
- Increase your productivity by organizing icons easily on the desktop, controlling multiple PCs with one keyboard and mouse, and managing storage.
The software in the suite is valued at around $100, but membership only costs $49.99. Yearly renewals are just $29.99.
What's Included in Object Desktop?
You get a whole collection of desktop enhancement apps that change the look of Windows and help improve its functionality. You can download the individual apps from your Stardock account, or use our Object Desktop Manager to keep up with updates. The Object Desktop Manager will notify you about any new updates available and give you easy access for installing any of the suite's other apps.
Here is an overview of some of the top applications included in Object Desktop:
A popular desktop utility program that removes those messy, out-of-control icons on your desktop and lets you wrangle them into shaded areas called "fences." You can label, resize, and even create rules for them in order to keep your desktop clean and tidy. Additional features include letting you create folder portals so you can have direct access to favorite folders right on your desktop.
Return to the classic Windows 7 look or try out the new Modern style. Change colors and apply textures, create filtered searches, and easily access Universal applications. All of this, plus integration with Fences, makes Start10 your number one Start menu alternative.
Instantly connect multiple PCs and move files seamlessly between them using a single keyboard and mouse. Multiplicity is a versatile, secure and affordable wireless KVM software solution. Its KVM switch virtualization frees up your workspace, removing the cables and extra hardware of a traditional KVM switch.
One of the most popular desktop customization apps in Object Desktop. Completely change the look your Windows desktop by applying skins to the user interface. These skins will change the start menu, window frames, taskbar, and much more. Thousands of skins are available to download from WinCustomize.com, and there are styles to match just about every kind of taste.
DeskScapes does lots of cool things, the coolest of which is putting animated wallpapers on the desktop. Whether you’re looking for a subtle landscape animation or a 3D rendered animation of the solar system, there are Dreams (animated wallpapers) available. Not only does it apply both animated and static wallpapers, it also lets you add effects to them, which gives you even more customization options.
Once you become a member, you can download the Object Desktop Manager from your account.
Alternatively, you can download the individual installers from your Stardock account. This is also recommended for backing up the versions you are using.
These are just a few of the popular apps included with Object Desktop. You'll get many other applications like SpaceMonger, IconPackager, ShadowFX, WindowFX and more.
Learn more about Object Desktop here.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing
Fences organizes your Windows desktop, improves your workflow, and makes your important applications easy to find at a glance. These shaded areas on your desktop can be completely customized (color, size, transparency, roll up options, and more), but there's a lot more to this program than just that! Here are a few quick tips that will help you get the most out of Fences.
Tip #1 – Quick hide the desktop icons
If you ever need a blank desktop space for any reason, Fences makes this really easy to do! Double-click anywhere on your desktop to hide your fences and icons, leaving a blank desktop perfect for working. When you want them back just double-click again to make them re-appear.
Tip #2 – Exclude certain icons from quick-hide
If you enjoy the quick hide feature, but wish it didn't hide everything when you double-click, we've got some good news for you. An option in the Fences program allows you to exclude certain icons, folders, and fences from quick hide! Just right click on the icon or fence, select the ‘exclude from Fences quick-hide’ in the menu, and you're all set! Now whenever you enable quick-hide, those items will remain visible.
Tip #3 – Automatically hide and show icons
Quick hide has some additional features that you can set within the Fences configuration window. For example, you can set your desktop to automatically hide icons when it isn't in use. You can set how long the hide-delay is, or set your desktop to un-hide the icons automatically when you get back to your PC. There are lots of fantastic customization options for Fences, so be sure to explore!
Learn more about how Fences can help you organize and optimize your Windows desktop here.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing
It's back to school season! For some of you college-bound grads, it's "first time at a new school" season. If you're worried about how to keep track of all the new syllabuses and assignments you're going to have, stay productive, AND manage all of your budding social engagements on top of that, we have something for you. The productivity apps in the Object Desktop suite will make organizing the stuff piling up on your computer just a little bit easier, and the added customization apps will add some fun flare to your PC!
Improve your Productivity
Automatically organize your desktop shortcuts and running tasks
Fences lets you organize all your desktop icons by placing them in customizable shaded areas on your desktop. Configuration rules will let you automate what fence certain file types are placed in, which is great if you need to work on multiple projects or assignments. Folder portals give quick access to frequently used folders directly from the desktop, making that paper that's due in 15 minutes really easy to find.
Connect two PCs with one keyboard and mouse
If you're lugging more than one computer up to school with you (does anyone do LAN parties anymore?), Multiplicity is a must-have. This wireless K(eyboard) and M(ouse) solution will let you control multiple PCs with just one keyboard and mouse. You can quickly copy and paste across them, keep multiple programs running and visible all at once, and it makes file sharing a breeze! If you'd like to get fancy, you can upgrade to the KVM or KVM Pro version for even more options, including remote viewing access in case you needed to pluck a file from a computer you left at home.
Quickly free up storage space on PCs, shared-network, and in the cloud
Running out of space on your hard drive for important projects (or pictures of the recent campus rally)? Sometimes, it can be hard to pinpoint what's hogging all of your hard drive. SpaceMonger can help! It will scan your PC, network, and cloud storage, then show you a graphic with details of what's taking up all of your space. You can also copy, move, or delte files to free up space across your hard drives. If you work with video, image editing, music files, or anything else that deals with lots of big files, this program is essential!
Customize Your PC
The number one Windows 10 Start menu alternative
No one likes to spend lots of time looking for a program in the Start menu. Start10 brings back the classic start menu and gives you several options for stylizing it so that it works how you want it to with the programs you use the most. Choose a Windows 7 style menu, a Windows 10 type, or a modern style to combine the best of both. Start10 also gives you quick access to universal apps, search filter enhancements, and integrates fully with Stardock Fences for even more enhanced productivity. You can also customize its transparency, coloring, texture, and more!
Customize the look and feel of your taskbar window frames and more
If you want the ultimate in desktop customization options, then WindowBlinds is what you’re looking for. WindowBlinds changes the entire look and feel of Windows by applying custom skins to the user interface. There are thousands of these skins available that you can download from WinCustomize.com. The WindowBlinds customization menu offers even more options through applying color, changing transparency, and more.
Personalize your desktop wallpaper with animated pictures and video
Stand out in the crowd with an awesome and unique wallpaper for your desktop. With DeskScapes, you can apply an animated wallpaper right onto your desktop background. You're going to be spending a lot of time on your computer, so you might as well enjoy what you're looking at! Thousands are available for download at WinCustomize, but if you're feeling fancy, you can easily make your own from a personal video.
All of these applications are individually available for your Windows PC, but you can get them all (and more!) with a low-cost membership to Object Desktop. While you're a member, you'll get free updates, access to all betas, and any new apps for one year. In addition to the apps listed above, Object Desktop suite includes:
Visit the Object Desktop site for more information, and good luck on your first day at school!
Thursday, July 20, 2017 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing
Stardock has a wide variety of desktop enhancement and customization applications that are used by millions of Windows® users daily. Whether it’s Fences, WindowBlinds, or the whole Object Desktop suite, there’s something for just about everyone. The best part is, you can easily purchase and download these apps directly from our website.
When you make a purchase from the Stardock store, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to download it. Down the line, though, there might be times you need to download the app again, or get an updated version. Our support team gets questions about this all the time, so we made this quick guide to show you how to access your applications whenever you need them.
Accessing Your Product Through Email
If you used Guest Checkout for your purchase, all of your product keys and download links (including any Steam codes for games you bought through our store) can be sent to you via email. To retrieve them, enter the email you supplied at the time of purchase here.
Accessing Your Products Through Your Stardock Account
Creating a Stardock account is the best way to keep track of your products! If you don't have a Stardock account, you can create one here. All of the purchases you've made through our store can be found here. Any download links and product keys will be easily accessible by logging in and will save you the hassle of having to use the email retrieval system every time you want to update the product or install it on another machine. Also, if you have an Object Desktop or WinCustomize membership, you can easily check how many days you have left of your membership before you'll need to renew.
If you already have an account, you can access your products here: download.stardock.com
If you need to update your email, make account changes, or contact support, please visit our support site. We'd be happy to help you!
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing
Fences and Start10 are two popular apps from Stardock. Fences is an app that lets you organize your desktop icons into customizable fences. Start10 is an alternative Start menu for Windows 10 that brings additional options over the default Start menu. Both of these are also included with an Object Desktop membership.
One of the great things about having both these apps is they work wonderfully together and Start10 has an integrated feature with Fences which allows you to show your fences in the Start menu.
There’s really no setup involved, you just need to make sure in Start10 you are using either the Windows 7 Style or Modern Style Start menu configuration.
I have several fences on my desktop including folder portals, and with the Start10 integration I can now have quick access to them via my Start menu.
As you can see in the screenshot below, my ‘Desktop Stuff’ fence also shows up in my Start menu.
Friday, February 24, 2017 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing
If you are a Windows 10 user, we have a great set of apps that can help you customize and enhance your user experience. The best part is, this can be done for under $10 each!
Below is a quick overview of each app and what it can do to improve your Windows 10 experience.
Fences lets you organize your icons and shortcuts by placing them into fences, which are customizable shaded areas located on your desktop. You can even create folder portals, which gives you easy access to frequently used folders without having to hunt around for them. Fences can also be rolled up to create an even cleaner looking desktop.
WindowBlinds lets you change the complete look and feel of your user interface by applying custom skins. There are thousands of skins available for download from WinCustomize.com in a variety of styles that can fit just about any style you might be looking for. These skins can also be customized further by adjusting transparency, applying different colors and textures, and much more.
If you are using Windows 10 and the popular Start10 application, then WindowBlinds will also change the Start menu to match the rest of the skin.
DeskScapes is a very cool app. It puts animated wallpapers right on your desktop and works great with other applications, such as WindowBlinds. You can use animated videos and pictures - DeskScapes even has over 40 special effects that can be applied to your wallpapers. Wallpapers can also be customized with animations and the animated wallpapers can even be used as a screensaver.
If you are tired of the default icons in Windows, then we have a great solution for you. IconPackager can change the default Windows icons with icon packages. These bundled packs of custom icons can also be customized and recolored from within IconPackager.
These are just a few examples of the many desktop enhancements we have available for Windows users. You can see all the rest of our apps here. I also recommend taking a look at Object Desktop, the suite of desktop apps which include everything mentioned above, and many more.
Learn more about Object Desktop here.
Friday, February 17, 2017 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing
Fences, Stardock’s desktop organization app, has become quite a fan favorite since it was first released. The app lets you automatically organize your desktop icons and shortcuts into fences to keep your desktop area clean and organized. The latest version, Fences 3, added several new features, including compatibility with Windows 10.
Get Fences here.
Fences has lots of cool features to help you organize your desktop just the way you want it. I’m going to share my top 3 tips for using Fences.
Save space with Roll-up Fences
This is a new feature introduced in version 3, and it’s probably one of my top favorites. Fences already makes your desktop much more organized, and the roll-ups take it a bit further. A roll-up fence does just what the name implies: with this setting, the entire fence will roll-up and just display the title bar for the fence. This saves you even more desktop space. To see the contents of the fence, you simply move the mouse over it. This is especially useful if you have lots of fences, or a fence that has items you don’t access too often.
Access frequently used folders with Folder Portals
This is another feature I use all the time. If you have a folder that you use often, you can create a fence in order to have access to that folder's contents right on your desktop. You can now navigate the folder structure right within the fence, making portals even more useful.
There are several ways to create a folder portal, but I just drag my mouse to create a fence and select the create a folder portal option. Other methods can be found in the Fences configuration.
Customize the look of your fences
I like to customize the items I have on my desktop, and Fences allows several different customization aspects to help make my desktop look the way I want it to. In the Fences configuration screen, you can select from a variety of options such as the background style and color, label customization, and more. In Windows 10, you can also have translucent backgrounds in the fences.
Those are just a few things that I find useful when using Fences. It really is a great piece of software to keep your desktop organized, so be sure to give it a try. Let us know in the comments below if you have any favorite tips or want to give us some examples of how you use Fences.
Learn more about Fences here.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization
WindowBlinds 10 gives Windows users the ability to change the look and feel of the desktop by applying custom skins to the user interface. There are thousands of skins available to create a truly custom feel. WindowBlinds has an interface that is very easy to use, but I wanted to go over the basics of the app and how to get started with changing your desktop theme.
Get WindowBlinds here.
When you first open WindowBlinds, the main ‘Style’ configuration screen will pop up. Here you’ll see the main window which displays all of your installed WindowBlinds skins. On the left side you have links to other features in WindowBlinds such as wallpaper management and settings. Clicking the WinCustomize logo at the bottom will take you directly to the WindowBlinds skin gallery where you can browse and download thousands of skins to use.
Applying a desktop skin
WindowBlinds includes several skins that you can immediately start using. If you don't find anything you like in the defaults, you can download more at WinCustomize.com. To install a skin that you've downloaded, just double-click the .wba file and it will automatically install into WindowBlinds. Click any skin in the WindowBlinds window and you’ll get a preview of the skin with additional options shown at the top of the WindowBlinds window. These options include the ability to color the skin, adjust transparency, apply textures, and more.
Some skins will have a substyle that can be chosen by using the drop-down menu. Substyles are the same skin, but with different options such as different color options or substyles that are made for a particular version of Windows.
Once you have selected the skin you want to use, either double-click the WindowBlinds window or select ‘apply style to desktop’ to apply the skin. You desktop should now be skinned!
Examples of WindowBlinds skins:
Another cool feature in WindowBlinds is being able to manage your desktop wallpaper right from the app. In the wallpaper section you’ll see all your specified wallpapers in one place. Click the setting button and choose wallpaper locations. Here you can tell WindowBlinds where to look for your wallpapers so they’ll be included.
Once you have your folder locations setup, you can easily browse through your wallpaper collections and apply them by double-clicking or hitting the apply button.
Here you will find all the settings that you can adjust in WindowBlinds. I won’t go into much of what these do, but if you need to adjust any settings or set specific app-specific settings this is where you will be able to do that.
So that was just a basic overview of the WindowBlinds configuration and how to apply a skin and wallpaper to your desktop. This should help any new users get started, and be sure to check back for more articles as we will take a look more at some of the features in WindowBlinds.
Learn more about WindowBlinds here.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing
If you are a Windows 10 user, we have a great set of apps that can help you customize and enhance your user experience. The best part is, this can be done for under $5 each!
Below is a quick overview of each app and what it can do to improve your Windows 10 experience.
Start10 is one of Stardock's most popular apps for Windows 10. It is an alternative Start menu that brings additional customization and functionality to the Windows 10 Start menu. If you prefer the look of the Windows 7 Start menu, you can configure that style using Start10. You can even apply custom Start buttons for even more individuality.
Start10 also gives you the ability to maintain the "All Programs" folder metaphor, filter searches in the Start menu, and even integrates with Stardock Fences, another popular desktop application.
ShadowFX lets you add custom drop shadows to Windows 10. You can choose from a variety of pre-made shadows that are included with ShadowFX, or you can design and use your own custom shadows. Additional shadows can also be downloaded from WinCustomize.com. ShadowFX is great to use when you have windows stacked on each other, as it helps you distinguish between the windows.
Launch is a stationary dock that is designed to be used in the Windows 10 Start screen. This allows you to quickly launch applications right from the dock and use docked app jump lists for even quicker access. Launch can be positioned at the top or bottom of the screen and will always stay in place when you swipe left or right in the Start screen. This is a very useful tool when working in Tablet mode in Windows 10.
These are just a few examples of the many desktop enhancements we have available for Windows users. You can see all the rest of our apps here. I also recommend taking a look at Object Desktop, the suite of desktop apps which include all of the apps mentioned above.
Learn more about Object Desktop here.